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IGNITING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

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THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

There are so many questions teachers ask about Passion Projects. Passion Projects – just the word is terrifying to many many of us. If you’ve never tried them, now is a great time. They are a great end-of-the-year activity. Whenever you try something new, it can be a little frightening. It takes us out of […]

How to Reach Unreachable Students

How to Reach Unreachable Students

I’m sure there has been a time during your teaching career, (and if not, hang on there probably will be) that you’ve encountered an unreachable student in the class. But what is an unreachable student, and how can they be identified? An unreachable student is one who does not participate in a class or make […]

The Importance of Teaching Logic

The Importance of Teaching Logic

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end – Leonard Nimoy Logic, can it be taught? Or is it something that is naturally instilled? Actually, it can be taught! Breathe a sigh of relief. It is one of the most important skills to teach in elementary grades because it is a foundational critical thinking […]

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Passion Projects were a staple in my gifted enrichment classroom in the 1970s.  Back in those days, we called them Type III enrichment activities (Renzulli Enrichment Model) or Independent Studies.  But thankfully, things changed as general education has embraced the concepts of thinking skills, creative production, and talent development. Today we see these activities implemented […]

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

Are your students reluctant writers? Do you have kiddos who either write terrible stories, or hate writing altogether?  I used to have to pull teeth to get any decent writing out of my kiddos. Whenever I announced we were going to write about something, they’d moan and groan, and (I hate to admit this), I’d […]

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

  What are Slip It and Flip It self checking phonics games? Slip it and Flip Its are fun, engaging, hands-on self correcting games. They provide independent practice designed to purposefully and meaningfully reinforce skills and concepts taught in the classroom. Because they are self correcting, students receive immediate feedback. Watch the quick video below […]